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Define the reinforcement cover thickness

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2016i

Define the reinforcement cover thickness

Define the reinforcement cover thickness

Reinforcing bars need a concrete cover to protect them against harmful elements, such as the weather and fire. When you create single bars, Tekla Structures uses the thickness of concrete cover to determine the position of the bar.

To define the reinforcement cover thickness, do one of the following:

To Do this

Change the cover thickness using direct modification

  1. Ensure that the Direct modification switch is active.

  2. Select a single reinforcing bar, a reinforcing bar group, or a mesh.

  3. Drag a line handle to the desired location.

Change the cover thickness using the Reinforcing Bar Properties or Reinforcement Mesh Properties dialog box

  1. Select a single reinforcing bar, a reinforcing bar group, or a mesh.

  2. Double-click the reinforcement to open the Reinforcing Bar Properties or Reinforcement Mesh Properties dialog box.

  3. Define the reinforcing bar cover thickness in the Cover thickness area.

    The cover thickness can be defined in three directions:
    • On plane, that is, the distance from beam’s bottom, top, and side surfaces to the bar.

      You can enter several values. Enter the values in the order you pick the points to create the bar. If you enter less values than there are bar legs, Tekla Structures uses the last value for the remaining legs.

    • From plane, that is, the distance from the end surface of the beam to the bar.

      If the reinforcing bar is outside the part, enter a negative value in the On Plane and/or the From Plane boxes.

    • In the longitudinal direction of the bar, that is, start and end.

      To define the length of an ultimate leg of a bar, use the Leg length option and the Snap to nearest points switch. Then pick anywhere on a part edge or line to indicate the direction for the bar leg.

  4. Click Modify.

On plane From plane Start and end

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